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    Big A Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    ...Bama/Canes 1992?


    Miami came into the game as heavy favorites and were the dominant team in college football after 8 straight years of 10+ wins and defending national champions. They were ranked #1 or #2 every week during that season and played and hammered everyone except a few top-10 teams they played real close (FSU, State Penn, Syracuse). Bama is in their 5th straight year of 10+ wins and were ranked either #1 or #2 for all but one week this year when they were #4. They played a few top 5 teams (LSU, UGA) real close and basically blew everyone else out except aTm of course.


    1992 Alabama went unbeaten with great defense...the best defense in college football in the past 20 years other than last year's Tide team. Only 2 teams (Fla in SEC title game, Miss State) scored more than 11 points on them but they won some close ugly games against So Miss, La Tech, UcheaT, Vandy, Auburn while failing to score more than 25 points in any of them.


    But they dominated Torretta (the Heisman winner) picking him off 3x and holding Miami to 13 points and ran all over a Miami defense that nobody could run on...think Bama ran for more yards in this game than Miami allowed all year. Miami had a punt return TD so were actually held to 6 offensive points


    Defensively, Bama and Miami were #2 and #3 in scoring defense much like ND and Bama are #1 and #2 in scoring defense.


    from a numbers perspective the similarities are there although personalities are much different. Miami paraded around yapping their gums every chance they got where the Tide players don't do that at all and Erickson is nowhere near Saban. Of course not sure any team walks around with the swagger of those Canes teams but certainly Alabama keeps things in better perspective.


    Probably the only really big difference I see b/w comparing Bama 1992 with Domers 2012 is that Bama were no slouch in 1991. They went 11-1 and only lost at Florida who ended up losing to, ahemm, Notre Dame in their bowl game. Obviously ND weren't all that good last year losing 5 times and beating only one ranked team (Mich St) but just like the 1992 Tide team didn't even crack the top 5 until midseason.


    just a few random worries...

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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    Yes. The comparisons will be made ESPECIALLY IN THE MEDIA.

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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    No. Miami was just as one dimensional on offense as the Tide of 92. We can pass or run.
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    Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    Actually, it reminds me of the 2009 game against Texas. All we heard for weeks was how great their rushing defense was. Then Ingram and Richardson each put up over 100 yards on them.

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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    If Alabama is playing the part of Miami, then no. Alabama has already proven that they can be beaten. There was a time this season in which this was a concern - before the LSU game, when folks were talking about them beating NFL teams. Now, not so much. The mantra right now is that there are about 5-10 teams this year which could probably beat any other team in college football on any given Saturday.

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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    I think anyone dismissing Notre Dame as a team that can't realistically beat us in Miami needs to have their heads examined. They remind me of the Ohio St team that played Miami in the 2001 (maybe 2002) BCS title game. Ohio St's offense looked so easy to stop all year. It was simple, boring as all get out, their wins were ugly, yet they kept winning. Right on through winning the NC.

    I hope our guys don't look at their games and focus on they style in which they won but keep focused on the fact they won EVERY GAME. ALL 12 OF THEM!!!!
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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolltide_PA View Post
    ...Bama/Canes 1992?


    Miami came into the game as heavy favorites and were the dominant team in college football after 8 straight years of 10+ wins and defending national champions. They were ranked #1 or #2 every week during that season and played and hammered everyone except a few top-10 teams they played real close (FSU, State Penn, Syracuse). Bama is in their 5th straight year of 10+ wins and were ranked either #1 or #2 for all but one week this year when they were #4. They played a few top 5 teams (LSU, UGA) real close and basically blew everyone else out except aTm of course.


    1992 Alabama went unbeaten with great defense...the best defense in college football in the past 20 years other than last year's Tide team. Only 2 teams (Fla in SEC title game, Miss State) scored more than 11 points on them but they won some close ugly games against So Miss, La Tech, UcheaT, Vandy, Auburn while failing to score more than 25 points in any of them.


    But they dominated Torretta (the Heisman winner) picking him off 3x and holding Miami to 13 points and ran all over a Miami defense that nobody could run on...think Bama ran for more yards in this game than Miami allowed all year. Miami had a punt return TD so were actually held to 6 offensive points


    Defensively, Bama and Miami were #2 and #3 in scoring defense much like ND and Bama are #1 and #2 in scoring defense.


    from a numbers perspective the similarities are there although personalities are much different. Miami paraded around yapping their gums every chance they got where the Tide players don't do that at all and Erickson is nowhere near Saban. Of course not sure any team walks around with the swagger of those Canes teams but certainly Alabama keeps things in better perspective.


    Probably the only really big difference I see b/w comparing Bama 1992 with Domers 2012 is that Bama were no slouch in 1991. They went 11-1 and only lost at Florida who ended up losing to, ahemm, Notre Dame in their bowl game. Obviously ND weren't all that good last year losing 5 times and beating only one ranked team (Mich St) but just like the 1992 Tide team didn't even crack the top 5 until midseason.


    just a few random worries...
    THE difference is that miami was a team of out of control thugs...alabama is a team of disciplined young gentlemen.

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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    The close wins against bad opponents are there...
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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    I see the analogy. It feels like the national media is setting us up for a big fall. The worst thing we (or by extension our team) could do would be to discount Notre Dame's team. Overconfidence will get you beat.

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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    What made that '92 Sugar Bowl a blowout in our favor was Miami's attitude. They literally thought all they had to do was walk into the Super Dome and Alabama would bow down and yield to defeat. Had Miami approached that game with discipline and focus and respect, it would have been a 4 quarter battle and would have gone either way.

    Alabama 2012 is no Miami 1992. Not even close. I do think Notre Dame is more of the mold of the Ohio State teams of the Jim Tressel era. Boring as all get out, but they are disciplined and talented.

    It will be a 4 quarter war. Period. I just hope we're able to execute. To me, execution (or lack thereof) is what made the LSU, Texas A&M, and Georgia games such heart stoppers. If we simple execute in those games, it's a different story. But, that's part of being a great team. And Alabama is really not a "great" team this season. But they are certainly more than good enough. Notre Dame will bring a lot of emotional intensity into this game. I can't wait.

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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    The big difference is that Miami team in that era, was the ultimate, "look at me", big talking and thugish type team with a quirky head coach that wont be remembered as a one of the greats like Saban.

    Saban will make sure they respect ND, it's part of the process.

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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    I actually said that this ND team reminded me alot of our 92 team in a earlier post last week, really good defense and just enough offense to win. Should be a good game, but you give Saban 30 days to scheme and I like our chances.

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    Re: Does Bama/ND remind anyone of

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey View Post
    Actually, it reminds me of the 2009 game against Texas. All we heard for weeks was how great their rushing defense was. Then Ingram and Richardson each put up over 100 yards on them.
    That is going to have to be the key once again. Unless McCarron plays a lot better than he did against LSU, A&M, and UGA, we're going to need another big night from the running game to win.

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